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Injured Beckham might miss Saturday's Galaxy game in Columbus (updated)


David Beckham

did not travel with the Galaxy when it left for Columbus today and is likely to miss Saturday afternoon's game against the Crew in Ohio.

A spokesman for the English midfielder said Beckham had taken "a knock on his Achilles" tendon and was receiving treatment for the injury, which he described as minor.

The player will be evaluated on Friday, the spokesman said, after which a decision will be made on whether Beckham will fly to join the team in Columbus.

The midfielder turned in the best performance of his Major League Soccer career last Saturday, scoring one goal and creating the other in a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC in Carson.

The Galaxy has declined comment. Coach Bruce Arena will address the matter in Columbus on Friday, a team spokesman said.

Beckham made only a token appearance when the Galaxy took part in a bowling event on Tuesday evening  and has not trained fully with the team this week.

He is not listed on the MLS injury list, but that list will be updated Friday ahead of the weekend's games.

-- Grahame L. Jones

Photo: David Beckham. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

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